To help give an insight into the production process of its vehicles, Jaguar Land Rover is starting the Young Women in the Know programme, which aims to attract more women to the automotive industry.
Female students aged 15-18 will be able to apply to the scheme and during the four days will tour design and manufacturing facilities, spend a day on work placement with a female tutor, gain contacts within the industry and work on their employability by working on their CV and interview skills. After an initial HR screening and psychometric tests, applicants will be giving their conditional offers in April this year.
Executive director of product engineering at JLR, Nick Rogers, said:
“Jaguar Land Rover has grown tremendously, and to continue to pioneer new products and focus on engineering excellence, we are passionate to welcome diverse talent from across the globe. “The whole automotive industry is facing a shortfall of engineers, and for Jaguar Land Rover, encouraging more girls and women to consider a career in engineering is a vital part of addressing this shortage.
“We’ve seen our female engineering workforce grow from 9% to 11% over the past four years due to our initiatives like Young Women in the Know and our Women in Engineering undergraduate sponsorship scheme, and it’s great to see these programmes are helping us attract more female talent to our business.”
With 42 previous participants getting jobs within the company since the programme's inception in 2012, it is clear this scheme works to get more women in the industry and one of those is Chloe McNally.
Working as an advanced apprentice at Special Vehicle Operations, Chloe is working near the pinnacle of JLR’s performance team, and commented: "I took part in the 'Young Women in the Know' course in 2013. I thought manufacturing plants would be dirty, noisy and not suitable for females but the reality was very different and it was great to meet so many women from across the business and hear about their careers.
“The course persuaded me to change my career plan from civil engineering to manufacturing. I joined the company on my apprenticeship four years ago and would thoroughly recommend it. As well as college studies, I work on bespoke premium vehicles for customers across the globe and every day brings a different challenge."
As you can see, the programme is already a success, so to get involved with the Young Women in the Know course, contact Jaguar Land Rover.